Chalking out a strategy following the prime minister’s resignation, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan told his party members on Saturday that they would not allow the country to fall into the grip of corruption again.
Presiding over a meeting at his Bani Gala residence of the PTI’s parliamentary parties in the national and provincial assemblies and the Senate, Khan said that the Supreme Court’s verdict disqualifying Nawaz Sharif and the prime minister’s subsequent resignation were a a victory achieved through hard work and patience.
During the meeting, the political scenario following the prime minister’s resignation and the efforts of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) that could possibly negate the effects of the top court’s verdict were discussed.
In a landmark verdict, the apex court’s five-judge larger bench on Friday unanimously disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif due to his failure to disclose his ‘un-withdrawn receivables, constituting assets’ in his nomination papers filed ahead of the 2013 general elections.
The verdict – announced in the packed courtroom 1 of the Supreme Court – came as a major blow to the ruling family as the court also asked the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to file three different references against PM and his three children – Maryam, Hussain and Hassan – as well as Captain (retd) Safdar.
The court ordered NAB to file the references within six weeks before the accountability court of Rawalpindi-Islamabad on the basis of the material collected and referred to by the Joint Investigating Team (JIT) that probed into Sharif’s offshore assets as revealed in April last year by Panama Papers.
Interestingly, disqualification of the premier was not made on the basis of the corruption charges levelled by the PTI after the emergence of Panama Papers.
The SC disqualified the PM by relying on documents collected by the JIT during its probe through Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) request. The documents showed that the PM had been an employee of a Dubai-based firm, Capital FZE, and as chairman of its board on a salary.
Sharif resigned from his postafter the Supreme Court disqualified. The Prime Minister’s office said in a statement that Sharif has “stepped down” despite having “serious reservations” about the judicial process. The federal cabinet also stands dissolved.
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